DentistryHow To Choose The Right Dentist

Keeping your teeth and gums in top condition is not just a matter of aesthetics. Most people assume that having a good set of teeth enhances your looks and boosts your self-esteem and social standing – which is spot on – but there’s another aspect to it. Ensuring that you take care of your teeth is a crucial element in protecting your overall health status. It can lead to painful cavities and infections, gum disease, tooth loss, increase the risk of heart disease, diabetes, and cancer.

Why We Avoid Visits To A Dentist!

People, in general, dread the thought of a dental appointment and would put off a visit until the very last moment. They visit a dentist only in an emergency, when they’re in severe pain or suffer an injury to the teeth. This behavior is not restricted to children, but the (often irrational) fear of dentists extends to adults too!

One of the reasons is the common assumption that dentistry is an expensive proposition. However, in reality, basic dental procedures such as diagnostic/preventive care procedures, essential treatments such as cavity filling, tooth removal, gum care, repairs to broken/chipped teeth are covered by your insurance plan. Dental insurance service providers may offer coverage for major procedures such as teeth braces, surgery, dentures, etc based purely on how long you have been in a plan. Cosmetic procedures are generally not covered. Your dentist can provide the right advice and assistance.

Lack of trust is another key reason. People may believe that the dentist would compel them to undergo unnecessary, highly expensive procedures. Good dentists should provide enough information to inspire trust and confidence in the patient.

Other reasons why people avoid dental visits could be previous bad experiences. Lack of concern, poor information-giving, shoddy procedures, unhygienic and uncomfortable premises, pain and trauma, anecdotes reported by friends and family that describe painful experiences, etc could contribute to a fear of dentists in general.

Unlike other areas of health, dental hygiene and oral care may not be a top priority for many people and that’s why they usually opt for a visit only in a crisis.

Modern dentistry is quite a different practice today. With advances in medicine, technology, communications, materials, and science, sweeping changes have taken place. Today, once you choose the right Beaverton dentist, the process can be a smooth, comfortable, and relatively easy experience for the whole family.

How To Choose The Right Dentist

1. Don’t Look When You Have To: When you begin your search for the right dentist in a crisis, you would be compelled to go with the first one you can find. It’s impossible to make judgments when you’re in severe pain or you face a dental emergency. Begin your search when you have the time, patience, opportunity, and leisure to do a detailed study of different dentists and dental clinics and the services and insurance plans they offer.

2. Firm Up On The Basics: As with your health care services, ensure that you find a dentist who can take care of emergencies, basic issues and if they’re unable to provide specialized services, can provide good quality, reliable references, and recommendations. Location is one of the most important aspects – choose a dentist who’s located conveniently close to your home or place of work and provides stress-free parking. Ensure that their clinic/office hours are convenient for you and your family. Check whether they’re a part of your insurance network. If you don’t speak English or feel more comfortable in your own language, choose a dentist who offers interpreter services, or speaks your language. This is essential because you must be able to communicate properly with your healthcare providers. Look for dental service providers who offer flexible financing options as this can help you/family members when you have limited finances.

3. Educate Yourself On Your Insurance Benefits:Go through your dental health insurance plan carefully and if there’s anything you don’t understand, check with your insurance service provider. There are differences between being on an HMO plan (Health Maintenance Organization) and a PPO plan (Preferred Provider Organization). The latter has a wider network of dentists, and this means you can visit almost every dentist and still get full or partial benefits. HMO plans have a smaller network and limit the number of dentists you can visit, but they provide discounted/free and more affordable services.

4. Qualifications and Credentials:Dental health professionals must display their degrees and certifications prominently in their clinics or offices. Before you choose your dentist, check whether their certifications are valid, and not revoked or suspended. Ensure that they don’t have any disciplinary action records or malpractice claims. They must have a basic degree from dental school, but look for a dentist who continues to further her/his education, picking up the latest technology and skills. A dentist needs to keep abreast of advances in their field and this adds to their experience and capability. Dentists who have completed a residency program may have undergone additional courses in cosmetic dentistry, dental restoration, implants, conscious anesthesia, etc. Ensure that they are familiar with new technology because this can help with early diagnosis, more targeted treatments, and precision in procedures. These would include the use of digital lasers and X-Rays, mercury-less fillings and restoration work, 3D imaging, single-visit crowns, etc.

5. Patient-First Attitude:It’s vital to select a dentist that you feel comfortable and safe with, and whom you trust to be ethical. The atmosphere is very important as many of us go with our gut instinct when we form important judgments. Is the place clean and hygienic, are the facilities well-organized and patient-friendly? Dentists and their teams should provide complete information about the procedures, what the nature of the experience would be for you, what steps they would take to reduce pain and discomfort, how long the process would be, how much it would cost, and whether you would receive the personal attention and one-on-one care from the dentist. Check whether the ambiance is clean, comfortable and the team is friendly and supportive. Do they offer follow-ups and 24×7 emergency support services? If you’ve visited for a particular issue, do they inform you first before they undertake additional procedures? Select a dentist who understands and is in sync with your own dental health goals, keeping your age, health status, needs, preferences, and budget in mind.

This post has been sponsored by Thomas Digital

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